Fall nights by the fire are nights well spent. And the fire pit is the ideal vehicle to make this scenario a reality. The metal enclosures make it easy to build manageable backyard blazes. They come in a variety shapes and sizes, from basic cauldrons to elegant enclosed models, and are fueled by either wood or gas. But which one is right for you?
To make things simple for you, we turned to the largest seller of fire pits in the world, Amazon, and their most trusty resource, reviews from people just like you. We set a few criteria though, they had to have at least a rating of 3.8 stars out of 5 (only the best), and have no fewer than 80 reviews (no one hit wonders here) before we would even consider them. Here are eight fire pits — four wood burning and four gas burning — that will elevate your backyard.
Best Wood Burning Fire Pits
Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit
This minimalist stainless steel fire pit is the result of a successful Kickstarter to create one of the best outdoor fire pits ever. Well, they succeeded. Its double wall design creates a constant airflow that allows even the most stubborn of wood to blaze up quickly. The best part of this fire pit is that it emits almost no smoke due to its ingenious design so everyone can sit close. It only weighs 20 pounds so you can set it up anywhere, and can be easily transported to tailgates and campgrounds.
Landmann Savannah Garden Light Fire Pit
A classic steel fire pit this unit has square cutouts circling the body to allow air in and the glow of the fire out. It has a solid base to support logs, a large lid, and interior wrapped in wire mesh to ensure no burning embers escape. Setting it up upon arrival is simple with only four legs, and at 22 pounds you can easily move it around your yard. After 590 reviews, it maintains a rating of 4.4 stars.
Kay Home Products Sonora Outdoor Chimenea
A chimenea is an easy to use fire pit based on an ages-old design. This cast iron version offers you 360-degree views of the fire that’s wrapped in a tight mesh, has a simple to use opening to toss in more logs, and sits high enough that it will not scorch the ground underneath. Best of all the large chimney means you are not dodging smoke as it pours off the wood. It comes with a log grate, fire tool, and has a large ash catcher making cleanup simple.
CobraCo Hand Hammered Copper Fire Pit
A large hand-hammered copper bowl in which you can toss logs while sitting around sipping a cold brew. The copper is untreated and thus, over time, will develop a natural patina that will only make it look cooler. It comes with a fitted screen top to ensure you don’t let any floating embers escape and a vinyl cover to keep it protected when not in use. It’s light enough to move around and you could easily toss it in the back of the truck to take to other spots.
Amazon Basics Natural Stone Fire Pit
This affordable and simple fire pit gives is easy to set up, has leveling feet to ensure stable placement, and its large 22-inch steel bowl will allow you to build a roaring fire. With a large mosaic mantle surrounding it you have a spot to place drinks or marshmallows before toasting them over the flames. It’s simple to set up right out of the box and comes with a fitted fire screen, log grate and fire tool.
The Best Gas Fire Pits
Great Deal Furniture Rodgers Propane Fire Pit
This stone-wrapped fire pit could easily become the centerpiece of your entire backyard. It runs off a propane tank stashed underneath and churns out 40,000 BTU’s at the push of a button. The flames are simple to control with a small lever and the large stone mantel is perfect for folks to prop their feet upon, or hold their drinks. Lava rocks and a cover are included with purchase. One downside: It weighs 143 pounds, so once you set it up moving it will require help.
Outland Living Series 401
The highest rated of all the fire pits in is (4.8 stars from 402 reviews), the Outland runs off a propane tank that stashes under the fire deck, churns out 35,000 BTU’s, lights simply by push-button igniter, and has a control valve that lets you adjust the flame height. The large glass top has a spot for snack and drinks to sit. The exterior is wrapped in heat and weather-resistant wicker; the interior frame is powder-coated aluminum.
AZ Patios Heaters Fire Pit
One of the cooler features about this aluminum fire pit is that it doubles as an outdoor table when not in use thanks to its large top and cover that fits over the fire area. When its time to turn on the flames all you have to do is pop the cover, open the adjustable gas valve, and push the starter button. Made from aluminum — and packing 42,000 BTUs — this fire pit will resist the elements nicely and the slatted design will add an elegant touch to the backyard—finally something for the wife.